Thursday, June 7, 2012

Small things, hidden meanings

This is a two-piece double fish celadon tea boat that I have added to my collection. It is decorated with a pair of swimming fish in a lotus-shaped bowl. As fish are reputed to swim in pairs and are known for their reproductive power, the double fish stand for the joys of union, hence symbolising freedom from restraint as well as the wish for marital bliss.

The origin of this double fish motif can be traced back to the Song dynasty in China around 1000 AD and has since spread to regions outside of China. In Thailand, children are often given ornaments bearing the double fish symbol to wear around their necks for blessings and good luck. Interesting bits of history and facts that add another dimension to our appreciation for teaware. 

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